Westmeath legend Dessie Dolan became the latest Gaelic Football star to be inducted into the Leinster GAA Hall of Fame at Croke Park today, 25th June.
The Garrycastle hero was presented with a special award by Leinster GAA Chairman Jim Bolger, at half time in the Westmeath versus Dublin Leinster SFC semi-final, and he received a huge ovation from both sets of supporters.
Dolan, who enjoyed a glittering 16-year inter-county senior career with Westmeath, was the star forward on their 1999 All-lreland U21 winning team, and later their breakthrough
Leinster senior football championship winning team of 2004.
He represented Leinster for three inter-provincial cup campaigns, and in 2005 he scored 0-11 when Leinster defeated Ulster by 0-20 to 0-18 after extra time to capture the title in Parnell Park.
He was also picked for ﬁve tours of duty with the lreland International Rules team – which illustrates his ability to perform with the very best of Gaelic football’s attacking talents.
Leinster Chairman Jim Bolger said: “The Hall of Fame award is a special recognition for those players who made a really significant contribution to the wellbeing of our games and Dessie Dolan ﬁts the bill perfectly.
“His career and his dedication to his club Garrycastle and to his county of Westmeath over so many years speak volumes.
“He is proof positive that you don’t necessarily need to win All-Ireland senior medals to be a hero. We were lucky to have him light up so many matches in Leinster and Comhairle Laighean are delighted to extend a warm welcome to him into our Hall of Fame.”
DESSIE DOLAN – ROLL OF HONOUR
Leinster SFC 2004
All-Ireland & Leinster U21 FC 1999
Leinster U21 FC 2000
Sigerson Cup 2003 (NUIG)
3 Railway Cups with Leinster
5 International Rules tours with Ireland
3 Allianz League Div 2: 2001, 2003, 2008
Score Tally: 22-551
Leinster Club SFC: 2011
7 Westmeath SFC: 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
5 Westmeath SFL Div1: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009
Westmeath C’ships: U12, U14, U16, Minor, U21